Idolatry-Discerning: Greed / Revenge
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Anyone who always wants more brings trouble to his family.
In this story greed really hurt the Terrene family. Gerald’s father may have owned all of Terrene but he didn’t have the love and respect of his son. And Gerald learned greed from father, becoming a greedy person who was cruel and selfish in his dealings with others. The opposite of greed is generosity. Human beings are naturally greedy because of fear, insecurity, or a desire for power and control. But every generous act counteracts greed and pleases God. Here are a couple of quotes to help you think about this:
It is enough for us to have only a little, so we should in general give away more than we keep. (Thomas Aquinas)
It is the hungry one’s bread that you hoard,
the naked one’s cloak that you retain,
the needy one’s money that you withhold.
Wherefore as many as you have wronged might have aided.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What was Lucille writing about for the Terrene newspaper?
A. The upcoming celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Terrene Town Square.
Q. What did Liz find in the old newspapers that also happened 50 years ago?
A. A jewel robbery that had never been solved.
Q. Why did Andy’s son Robert come to see the time capsule opened?
A. Because he knew that his father had taken the jewels and hidden them under the time capsule, but had never been able to retrieve them.
Q. How did Liz figure out the mystery?
A. He read the same pirate stories as Andy did. Those stories gave Liz the clue he needed to understand where Andy hid the jewels.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Greed is wanting more and more for ourselves. What does God say about this?
Read Matthew 6:19 – 34; Luke 12: 13 – 21; Matthew 25: 31-46. We can be greedy when we are afraid that we won’t have what we need or want. We can be greedy when we want to have more than anyone else. In Colossians 3: 5 Paul calls greed “idolatry” which is ascribing to things what only belongs to God. Greed is lack of trust in God to provide for our needs. Greed is self-centered when God wants us to sacrificially care for others who have less than we do. Greed is forgetting that God is the rightful owner of all that we have.